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OPENINGS: ALEKSANDRA MIR

To get a sense of New York–based artist Aleksandra Mir’s ongoing project HELLO, recall the final scene of Fellini’s 8 1⁄2. The film’s narrative unhinges in front of the camera, as all the characters walk onto an abandoned set and join hands in a long celebratory chain, every one of them connected: friends, enemies, passing acquaintances—figures large and small, having inhabited scene after scene or having appeared only for an instant—a moving frieze of players who made each other possible.

Exhibited in numerous incarnations since 2000, HELLO is so many of these chains. Mir collects thousands of family snapshots, paparazzi candids, film stills, pictures of artworks, and flyers and, for each installation, arranges a selection of them in a long row running along the gallery walls. Each image features two people posing together (alone or in a crowd), one of whom reappears in the image beside

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